Stillwater’s Qwontrel Walker nearing 7,000 career rushing yards

STILLWATER – One can only think of how many yards Qwontrel Walker could have had he been able to play in every game this season. 

Stillwater’s senior running back has an argument for the best running back in state history, and he can add to his case Friday when the Class 6A-II No. 2 Pioneers travel to Midwest City to face the No. 3 Bombers in a showdown that’s likely to decide a district title. Walker sits at 6,878 career rushing yards, which is 11th in state history. 

Averaging about 250 yards per game this season, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Walker surpass 7,000 career rushing yards Friday. Consider Stillwater has lost three games because of COVID cancellations or lack of players for its opponents, and Walker would be closer to 8,000 yards.

Walker still has a shot to reach 8,000 career yards, which would put him in the top five in state history. If Stillwater plays every possible game through the playoffs, meaning the final two regular-season contests and four postseason games, and he averages at least 200 yards in each of those, he could even get as high as third. 

Hulburt’s Jacob Bruce, who graduated in 2018, holds the all-time record of 8,586 rushing yards. Although Walker’s chances of reaching that threshold are low, don’t count anything out. He’s the state’s best running back for a reason.

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